Expert panelists representing national and state perspectives engage in a Roundtable discussion of local concerns on the topic "Universal Service for the Next Generation." For federal, tribal, state and local government jurisdictions, Universal Service is a core communications policy that shapes the future of broadband access in every community across the United States.
This Roundtable explores the public policy framework and foundations of Universal Service, including current mechanisms such as high cost funds for remote rural places (Connect America Fund), education access (E-Rate), support for low income populations (Lifeline), tele-health, and other programs to bring broadband service where it is lacking (BTOP/RUS & CASF).
Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director, Access Humboldt (http://accesshumboldt.net/site/) & Adjunct Fellow, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (http://oti.newamerica.net/)
Elaine Carpenter, Vice President Business Development, ZeroDivide (http://www.zerodivide.org/)
Regina Costa, Telecommuncations Director, TURN (http://turn.org/) & Telecom chair, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (http://www.nasuca.org/) - Invited
Amina Fazlullah, Policy Counsel, Benton Foundation (http://benton.org/)
Catherine Sandoval, Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission (http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/)